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Still

I've been away for two weeks, and am just about ready for re-entry. The break has given me a chance to notice what's changing and what's not.

What are you worried about?

I woke this morning worried about rising oceans and collapsing ice shelves. While there's plenty of blame to go around, the North Carolina buck really stops with policy makers in Raleigh who are pretending those things aren't happening. Specifically, Pat McCrory. As a result of his actions, cities along the coast are burying their heads in the sand, which will soon be under water.

The GOP's passion for unconstitutional laws

A good find from Watauga Watch.

Struck down, all or in part

2011 law requiring physicians to perform ultrasounds on women seeking abortions and describe the images
2011 law capping enrollment in a pre-kindergarten program
2011 state House and Senate district maps
2011 move to cut off funding for a Planned Parenthood affiliate
2012 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, which voters approved
2013 attempt to phase out teacher tenure for public school teachers already vested in the program
2013 Wake County school board redistricting plan
2013 elections law overhaul including requiring voter ID and reducing early voting
2014 creation of a Coal Ash Management Commission and other panels
2015 Wake County commissioners redistricting plan
2015 law to establish retention elections for sitting N.C. Supreme Court justices

More great news about families in North Carolina (not)

Money Magazine is reporting that Wallet Hub ranks NC 42nd when it comes to states to have a baby. Thanks, McCrory! It's bad enough that you're wrecking schools and undermining teachers, now we're scraping the bottom of the baby barrel too.

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